29 Nov 2020
Dear family in Christ
Today is the first Sunday in Advent, the liturgical season focusing on the coming of the Saviour Jesus Christ. It is a season of spiritual preparation marked by prayers of humble devotion and times of quiet reflection. There is a double focus in Advent. Firstly, it is the joyous celebration of the birth of Jesus the Messiah in his First Advent. Secondly, it is the anticipation of His impending return as King in his Second Advent. We celebrate the revelation of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ in his First Advent for the purpose of reconciling our fallen world to God the Father. Having known God as Abba Father, we now look forward eagerly to the hope of eternal life in the Second Advent, where God the King will come in power to judge and rule the world.
As we live in between the two Advents, we are called to live godly and holy lives and be faithful stewards of the gospel entrusted to us as God’s people. In our spiritual journey as committed disciples of Jesus Christ, we have an important responsibility to live a life bringing glory to God and sharing about Jesus through the gospel message and our loving deeds.
Giving to Mission Fund: Our church practises the two-envelope giving system. The first is the Tithing envelope. All tithes returned obediently to the Lord go to the General Fund, which is used to pay staff salaries, ministry programs, office expenses, diocese quota, etc. The second is the Freewill giving envelope. This goes to the Mission Fund, which is used to support our overseas missionaries (Gerry & Yahui Gan, Ian & Alison Gosling, Deborah Loh), and several regular and ad-hoc giving to missions. As the Lord enables and provides for us, may we give joyfully, generously and sacrificially for the work of God’s eternal kingdom.